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Contributor


Taisha Tari

Composer, Performer

Biography

Nō Ngāpuhi the iwi.

Taisha has had an enormously successful musical career on both sides of the Pacific.

Although now residing in Australia, allot of Taisha's influences are from her home town of Napier and up-bringing in Bridge Pā, Hastings in Ngāti Kahungunu.

Taisha returns to NZ regularly to perform at special events as well as at SKYCITY Auckland, with Foxy Fusion and Queens of the Night and at many events and concerts with Lady Killers and Foxy Fusion.

Taisha was the resident vocalist for the NZ Dancing with The Stars house band, toured extensively throughout the USA and Europe with OMC (“How Bizarre”) and has won many awards in New Zealand including Best Female Artist and Best Song. Taisha is also a Waiata Māori Music Award ambassador and is set to release new music in 2020.

Vocalist/ Shows/ Bands:
• Ladykillers 2008-2015
• Hawaiki Band
• Billy T James band
• Howard Morrison TV show
• Dancing with the stars - Lead singer TV show
• Christmas In The Park
• Stars In Your Eyes – lead singer TV show
• The Singing Bee – lead singer TV show • Symphony In The Park- Ladykillers
• Mai Time TV show

Tours and Shows:
O.M.C Europe and USA tours
• New York Supper Club
• Ru Paul Show
• Soloist with touring show “Best Of New Zealand” throughout California

Special Appearances:
• Two OMC world tours
• Opening Of Netball World Cup Original Track “Karanga” 2007
• Opening Of America’s Cup 2000
• Performed Theme Song Commonwealth Games 1990
• Opening Act Neville Brothers Tour Auckland, Wellington
• Waiata Māori Music Ambassador

Tears Of Hope Album:
We cry tears of hope for the next generation. This is a song off my new album which I will be releasing over the coming months. I’ve had so much joy making this album. This song in particular means a lot to me because of recent events in Aotearoa.

2008 Waiata Maori Music Awards Ambassador 2008- 2019:
Taisha won the Best Māori Female Solo Artist and the Best Māori Song for 'Karanga' at the inaugural Waiata Māori Awards. Taisha's debut album Aonua is an original blend of Māori and English. Taisha also won the Best Māori Female Solo Artist and the Best Māori Song for 'Karanga' at the inaugural Waiata Māori Awards. Taisha's debut album Aonua is an original blend of Māori and English using Polynesian instruments, vocals and native wildlife mixed with contemporary European sounds.

Teaching Career/ Singer Mentor:
• Baradene College 2013/ Singer tutor and Founder of Just Sing It
• Vocal Workshops Secondary and primary 2009-2013
• Avondale College Auckland 1993-1995
• Excel Preforming Arts Vocal Tutor 1994- 1995
• Takapuna Grammer Auckland 1994-1995
• Head Music Tutor Fame Instutute for disadvantaged youth Adelaide Australia. 2013-2015
• Workshop Youth Adelaide, Funded programme 2013- 2015
• Workshop youth Gold Coast Waiatatia Music 2015- 2017